By RoAnn Miller, FISD
Frenship Middle School students and the FMS Student Council recently donated a large amount of hygiene items to help foster children in Lubbock. The students brought hundreds of items that were put into canvas hygiene bags donated by South Plains Electric Cooperative, Inc. This initiative helps foster care children in the South Plains who find themselves unexpectedly moving from a home. These bags will also be given to children who are aging out of the foster care system and will give them much needed items to start their new lives.
“It was really exciting to participate in the stuffing of the bags and to see how it all works. There were special advocates, workers from both organizations, families, and many volunteers coming together to help,” said Ms. Miller on the FMS staff. “It was an honor to represent FMS at the event. We are so proud of the students of FMS and their huge hearts which gave so much to help some of the most vulnerable in our community.”
FMS student Ryan Williams said, “I had a friend who was in foster care and I wanted to help others like him because I saw how bad things can be for them.”
The hygiene drive was a collaboration between Frenship Middle School, Buckner in Lubbock, and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). The drive culminated into the Hygiene Bag Stuffing Event on April 14 at Buckner in Lubbock, where members from all three groups stuffed the bags with the items which resulted in more than 100 bags being filled.
Ms. Robertson from Buckner said, “The number of foster care children who become homeless is high and many move from friend’s house to friend’s house so these bags give them the ability to keep most of their things with them – it is a huge immediate help.”
“A BIG thank you to Becky Robertson with Buckner in Lubbock, Tinese Ammons and RoAnn Miller with Frenship ISD, and the very generous students of Frenship Middle School – Frenship ISD, for partnering with us to help make this event happen,” said Ms. Mata from CASA.